Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

Directory of New Zealand Sea Fishes. Photographs, descriptions, average lengths, weights, fishing methods, and tackle for catching New Zealand fishes. Scroll down for our full species index.

Barracouta – Thyrsites atun – Manga – Known as Cook Strait Sailfish

barracouta head

The barracouta – otherwise known as the “Cook Strait sailfish” Note the dentistry. Most barracouta measure just short of a metre in length. This one took a weight-forward ticer intended for a salmon in the surf at the mouth of the Hurunui River, North Canterbury.S.I., N.Z. Barracouta –  Thyrsites atun Other names: manga, More...

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Blue Nose featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, May 12th, 2018
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Bluenose Warehou – Hyperoglyphe antarctic – Also Griffin’s Silverfish

Bluenose Warehou – Hyperoglyphe antarctic Bluenose Warehou are also called: blue bream, Bonita, Matiri, Deepsea Trevally, Griffin’s Silverfish, Antarctic butterfish and stone eye Ian Bowden, More...

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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
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Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – Southern Bluefin Tuna

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi by Allan Burgess Murray Whyte with a Southern Bluefin Tuna he caught fishing off Fiordland, New Zealand. Southern Bluefin Tuna The body of the southern bluefin tuna More...

By Allan Burgess On Thursday, April 12th, 2018
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Blue Cod (Parapercis colias) – Sort after my South Island Anglers

Blue cod photographed under water. Blue cod are very inquisitive and will often approach divers. Blue Cod Other names for blue cod: Rawaru, patutuki Blue Cod – Parapercis colias – are caught all around More...

Red Gurnard Marlborough Sounds featured video image
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
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Gurnard, Red – Chelidonichthys kumu – How to catch this tasty fish – Video

Other names for gurnard: Kumukumu is the Maori name, also widely known as Carrots! Video Title: Grunting Red Gurnard Caught Surfcasting in the Marlborough Sounds. Video Description: Red Gurnard More...

Rebecca Dore with a big 9.5kg albacore tuna taken off the Kaikoura Coast.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, March 30th, 2018
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Albacore Tuna – Thunnus alalunga – Chicken of the Sea! – Video

Home » New Zealand Sea Fishes » Page 2 Albacore Tuna can readily be identified by the following: the pectoral fins are very long running past the second dorsal fin, there is a white rear margin on the tail fin, More...

Silvery Oarfish - Regalecus glesne
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
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Silvery Oarfish – Regalecus glesne – Rare Fish Found Beachcast

Silvery Oarfish Found Beachcast at Masons Bay, Stewart Island by Dick Marquand David Musgrave with the rare silvery oarfish found washed ashore at Masons Bay, Stewart Island. Photo courtesy of David Musgrave. While More...

Hammerhead shark - Sphyrna zygaena.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, February 18th, 2018
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Hammerhead Shark – Big specimens feed on stingrays

Hammerhead Shark – Sphyrna zygaena Alistair Milne caught this enormous hammerhead shark weighing 159.2kg on 24kg tackle during a Tutukaka Small Boats Tournament. It is almost certainly a smooth or common More...

This massive 21 kg tope shark was caught surfcasting near Wakanui, on the Canterbury coast east of Ashburton. It was taken on a small squid bait. Photo: Baitman.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
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Tope or School Shark is regarded by the IGFA as a game fish

Tope Shark caught by Allan Burgess at Dorie, Mid Canterbury. Tope Shark or School Shark Galeorhinus australis Also called School Shark. Tope fillets are sold in shops as white fish or flake. In my experience, More...

Broadbill Swordfish - Xiphias gladius. This is a fibreglass mount made by well known Canterbury Taxidermist Peter Ritchie of a broadbill that was washed ashore near New Brighton Beach, Canterbury.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, December 16th, 2017
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Broadbill Swordfish – Xiphias gladius – common in New Zealand waters

Broadbill Swordfish by Dick Marquand Common Name: Broadbill Swordfish Other Names: Swordfish, Broadbill Scientific Name: Xiphias gladius Broadbill Swordfish – Xiphias gladius. This is a fibreglass mount made More...